Guwahati,

Eating Out

THE BEAN JOURNAL

 Over the last year, there has been a steady rise in the cafe culture of the city as a number of cafes have come up in different localities. The latest entrant in this segment is The Bean Journal. Located in the Uzanbazar area of the city, this unique travel bistro is fast becoming the most happening cafe in town.

The Bean Journal is the brainchild of Deep J Baruah and his wife Sushmita. Launched on October 21, the place has met with a highly favourable response and an amazing number of footfalls within a very short period of time. A first-of-its-kind cafe in the city, TBJ serves an exotic array of Mediterranean cuisine along with your favourite range of coffee. 
Dwelling on the concept behind the cafe, Baruah says, "The concept of Bean Journal revolves around travel. We are called 'The Bean Journal', where Bean is from 'coffee bean' and Journal is obviously about stories, news flashes and narratives. Our idea is to have travel stories in the form of a travelogue going forward. Travel is the most enriching experience that one can experience in a life time. When most things come to a passé, the experience and memories from travel last a life time and what better than discuss it over an exotic cup of coffee? We like to hear travel tales as much as we like to watch the travelogues but sharing within a close group or a community has its own charm. That is the basic idea of The Bean Journal."
The first thing that strikes one as he or she enters the place is the interior design. The décor is mostly done up in European style with a lot of wood work and soft lighting. Photos taken by the proprietors adorn the walls. "The decor goes well with our idea of stark minimalism in design that we needed for this place. We would certainly take all the credit for the interior designing since this is how we could put our ideas to a fantastic layout - one that is cozy and chic at the same time without engaging with any of the professional interior designers," says Baruah.
The Bean Journal provides a refreshing break from the usual concept of cafes and it seeks to explore the idea of "open spaces". As Baruah says, "Our country has moved away from the traditional coffee shops to so called "Urban Spaces" where people mostly meet informally outside of work or home. Today the space is as important as the product that is being sold. The prolific rise in cafes across the country, our State and even in our locality is indicative of how important an urban space is, not just for the coffee or the food, but also the ambience and appeal of a particular place."
A meal for two is quite affordable at Rs700 approx. Barua however adds, "We are not limiting ourselves to a TA just now, we are open for all food lovers with a propensity to spend and who has a palette for some great delectable food and exotic coffee."